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Blepharoplasty is eyelid surgery designed to improve the vision and overall cosmetic appearance of the eyelids. This surgery is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the country today. Blepharoplasty is also one of the most effective means of restoring vision in patients with excessive hooding of the upper eyelids. Patients who desire blepharoplasty generally fall into two broad categories.
The first category includes people who wish to accentuate their eyes, improve their overall appearance, and reduce the tired look of excess and redundant eyelid tissue. People in this category are good candidates for cosmetic blepharoplasty.
In the second category, patients complain of visual difficulties related to heavy upper eyelid tissue. Often the skin of the upper eyelids rests across the eyelashes and blocks the vision. Patients in this category notice improved vision by elevating the flaps of skin with their fingertips and are candidates for functional blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove fat — usually along with excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. The apparent swelling is usually a natural result of the aging process or, less frequently, a result of a disease state that causes the muscles around the eyes to degenerate. Regardless, of the course, the face and especially the eyes are considered key to a person’s appearance. The desire to correct the cosmetically bothersome condition is very common.
Blepharoplasty is generally done using local anesthetic. You may be given a mild sedative to help you relax. Depending on the amount of tissue to be removed, you could be in the operating suite for several hours.
When performed on the upper eyelids, Dr. Griffiths will remove the excess skin, muscle and fatty tissue that tend to accumulate on the inside corner of the eye, next to the nose. The incisions are made along the natural folds in the skin so that as they heal, they become difficult, if not impossible to see with the passage of time.
When performed on the lower eyelids, providing there is not too much excess skin the physician will make the incision inside or behind the eyelid. This technique is called a transconjunctival blephoraplasty which allows the removal of fatty deposits while avoiding the need for an external incision. If there is excessive skin or muscle folds below the base of the eye, an incision may also be made just below the base of the eyelashes. As this incision heals, the fine scar should also become barely visible.
Most patients experience a marked improvement in the appearance of their eyes after blepharoplasty. In addition to improving some patients’ vision, most patients report feeling more alert and energetic. Although the positive effects of having blepharoplasty on your appearance will be immediate, your results will not be considered final for up to a year as the healing process continues.